Date: 9/6/19 6:28 am From: Martina Nordstrand (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Sooty Terns - Cane Creek Park, Union Co., NC
This morning I checked the marsh at Cane Creek Park, hoping for some shorebirds that may have dropped in from Dorian. Besides killdeer and 2 Solitary Sandpiper I was initially disappointed. However, while scanning the sky (I was watching a Mourning Dove) I noticed 2 terns flying high and away, westward towards the main lake. I managed to snap a few poor but identifiable photos as they flew off. The two were both Sooty Terns, an adult and juvenile. They flew over the tree line and I lost them. I ran over to the main park entrance to check the rest of the lake, but no luck. They were flying pretty high and into the wind.
This is obviously a first record for Union County and I believe only the third record for the area (I believe Mecklenburg has 2 records, off the top of my head). Also a lifer for me too!